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Who We Are 

Bridging the gap between crisis and stability

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How It All Started

ECHO was founded in 1987 in partnership with the Brandon Ministerial Association and the business community.  It was created so churched and others could send people in need to one central location. ECHO was orginally housed at a local firehouse and only provided emergency food and clothing. At this time, volunteers staffed it completely.

In 1992, we hired a part-time executive director and became an incorporated organization. That same year we moved to our current location, 507 W. Parsons Ave. Julian Craft, a local business executive, is credited for securing the present site. He worked with the country from the very beginning to ensure all went right. His family financially supported ECHO in its early years. 

In 2006, ECHO hired its second part-time employee, Eleanor Saunders, current executive director, to work the front desk.

The Client Welcome Center was created in 2012 in order to provide stability, rebuilding programs. This is when we began to apply for grants. Now we have eight streams of revenue, offer rebuilding programs five days a week and are open Monday-Friday from 8:30-12:30 and Tuesday evenings from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

In September of 2018, gauging the need in our community, ECHO opened a second location to serve neighbors in Hillsborough County.

ECHO’s mission is to assist residents of Hillsborough County in crisis with emergency food and clothing, offering life stabilizing programs and resources.

Accountability

ECHO is committed to giving the public online access to our financials (Form 990, Audited Financials, and Annual Report). Also available on our website are the following: Whistle Blower Protection Policy, Conflict of Interest Policy, Donor Policy, Donor Bill of Rights, and Client Privacy Policy. Being transparent and fiscally responsible is important to ECHO. We are proud to have received the highest rating of approval from Charity Navigator and Guidestar.  

  • % of your donation going to support programs 92% 92%
  • % going to administrative cost 5% 5%
  • % going to fundraising 3% 3%
Cover of 2018-2019 ECHO Annual Report
ECHO Mission
Message from Eleanor Saunders
ECHO Riverview
How you helped 15,521 neighbors
ECHO Stories
How you can help ECHO
ECHO Social Enterprise
ECHO Accountability
ECHO Board of Directors
ECHO Partners & Supporters
ECHO Annual Report Back Cover
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Our Leadership

Eleanor Saunders career has been exclusively in the non-profit sector. Her past employers have included: The Children’s Home, Junior Achievement and Bay Life Church.

Eleanor received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. She has received certifications from the National Parents as Teachers Association, as well as Volunteer Management through the Points of Light Foundation. She is a recent graduate of 10,000 small business program through Goldman Sachs and Inner City Captial’s entrepreneur progam.

Her community involvement in Brandon has included directing the Brandon Cold Weather Shelter, partnering with Family Promise, volunteering at I am Hope Cafe, ans well a pioneering the creation of the Seeds of Faith Community Garden.

Eleanor has been recognized as a Hometown Hero by the Tampa Tribune (12-14) as well ad Fox 13 News (3-15)

She resides with her family in Brandon, Florida. 

Our Board of Directors

Melissa Haskins
President

Olga Bolet
Vice President

Susan Wilkinson
Secretary

Ruben Cruz
Treasurer

Melanie Bonanno
Board Member

Larry Bowling
Board Member

Brian Goodhead
Board Member

Michelle Hernandez
Board Member

Connie Huber
Board Member

Anthony Taylor
Board Member

Your Donations Make a HUGE Impact

Our Partners & Sponsors

Funds donated in excess of need will help us continue to serve the hungry and vulnerable in our community, throughout the year. Echo of Brandon, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization. A copy of the official registration (CH15550) and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state 1-800-435-7352. Registration doesn’t imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. Gifts to ECHO are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.